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Friday, May 29, 2020

Last Friday, the administration released pandemic guidance for faith communities after weeks of debate flared between the WH and the CDC. By Saturday, that version was replaced by updated guidance that no longer includes any reference to choirs or congregant singing and the risk for spreading virus. The altered guidance also deleted a reference to "shared cups" among items, including hymnals and worship rugs, that should not be shared. The updated guidelines also added language that said the guidance "is not intended to infringe on rights protected by the First Amendment."



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Some officials in the White House and on the coronavirus task force did not want to alienate the evangelical community and believed that some of the proposals, such as limits on hymnals, the size of choirs or the passing of collection plates, were too restrictive, according to two administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss policy decisions.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-29 08:04 AM | Reply

Good going Fat Nixon. You are killing off your base.

Ga. church closes two weeks after reopening as families come down with coronavirus

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-05-29 08:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is how an administration acts when it is more desperate to get re-elected than protect the citizens it is supposed to serve.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-05-29 08:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This is what the president, who some believe was appointed by God to lead this nation, is willing to do to try to keep evangelicals' votes? Words fail me.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-29 08:34 AM | Reply

Maybe Trump was put on Earth by the Devil to do this to communities of faith...

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-29 03:56 PM | Reply

Christians to Trump/GOP:
"Thank you, sir, may I have another?"

#6 | Posted by censored at 2020-05-29 04:04 PM | Reply

It's commanded right there in two corinthians

(That's 2nd Corinthians for anyone who actually owns a Bible or has gone to church more than a couple of times)

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-29 04:16 PM | Reply

He should allow Evangelicals to vote now so that if they die he can still get their votes.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-29 04:23 PM | Reply

This is their punishment for making the golden calf their idol.

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-29 04:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Tangentially related...

Inside an Extraordinary G.O.P. Event: Pressing Flesh and Kissing Babies' Again

...At the South Carolina event, attended by Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, there were few masks and no social distancing " and that was the point....

The outdoor gathering here on Thursday was a send-off event for Cleo Steele, a longtime Republican Party operative in Horry County, who is retiring to Ohio. Speakers shared the same microphone. Local and state political candidates greeted voters with handshakes and squeezed tight for pictures. Of all the people gathered outside the county Republican office " many of them senior citizens " fewer than a dozen wore masks.

"Social distancing guidelines are recommended," the invitation had said. "Hand sanitizer and face masks will be available." In reality, according to interviews with more than a dozen attendees, the event was an active rejection of behavior that the hyper-conservative crowd has come to associate with liberal enemies in recent months " wearing masks and gloves, staying six feet away from other people, avoiding physical touch.

To treat the coronavirus as something to be feared, they said, was a political act incongruous with their values.

Dwayne "Duke" Buckner, who is challenging Mr. Graham in the Republican Senate primary next month and came to the event to meet voters, said he had recently stopped adhering to public health guidelines, which he described as overly burdensome.

"You can quote me on this," Mr. Buckner said. "When the good Lord calls you home, a mask ain't going to stop it."...

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-29 04:36 PM | Reply

"Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. You must be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves." - that Jesus guy

"Faith over Fear" is a good enough slogan if one is not confusing both with stupidity.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-29 04:36 PM | Reply

I've seen protesters carrying signs that read: "I don't need a mask. God is my protector." I wish those folks would read this article. For that matter, I wish Trump would:

Pastor: Jesus would wear a mask

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-29 05:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah.
--Deuteronomy 6:16

My better half and I are satisfied to watch our preferred Sunday mass on line for now. My local church has a lot of big families with sneezy kids and coughy old folks. It will be a long time before I return there...

#13 | Posted by catdog at 2020-05-29 05:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Brazil, whose president is following the Trump/U.S. example, is nearly matching our daily COVID-19 death toll now.


#14 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-29 05:28 PM | Reply

My Bishop recently was asked about our Church reopening and in a very nice Christian way she say "yeah that's not happening this month".

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2020-05-29 05:33 PM | Reply


Good article. Notably from a woman pastor.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-29 07:21 PM | Reply

If they were only infecting the members of their churches who willingly attended without proper safeguards that would be one thing but it is quite another thing when they leave that church and to to the grocery store where they can and will affect others who are totally unaware of their stupidity. Eventually, this will become a crime, that is when we have a legitimate government dedicated to the welfare of the population.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-30 11:09 AM | Reply

Dani is right do they really want people like me to roam the county going from church to church and shutting down services in the middle of everything if I see flagrant violations of the new health codes?

#18 | Posted by Tor at 2020-05-30 03:24 PM | Reply

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